The debut album from the CYBERNAUTS, a collaboration between two members of DEF LEPPARD (Joe Elliott and Phil Collen), the former rhythm section of David Bowie's SPIDERS FROM MARS (Trevor Bolder and Woody Woodmansey) and keyboard player Dick Decent, will be digitally released for the first time sometime in the next year.
Originally issued in 2000, "Cybernauts Live" contains 22 tracks written by David Bowie, plus one by Jimi Hendrix, one by Lou Reed (THE VELVET UNDERGROUND) and one by Craig Fuller (PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE).
According to Darren's UK Def Leppard Site, Collen first mentioned a possible re-release of "Cybernauts Live" with bonus tracks during a KLOS radio interview in November 2013. Plans to play live again were ruled out following the deaths of both Dick Decent and Trevor Bolder.
But Joe now says he and Woodmansey are going to try to release material digitally for the first time.
"I've been talking to Woody Woodmansey, the drummer on that particular recording, and, of course, on the original version of that, which was from an album by David Bowie and the SPIDERS FROM MARS called 'Aladdin Sane'," Elliott said this past weekend during his weekly radio show. "We were talking about the fact that the CYBERNAUTS album is not available on iTunes and we're gonna go out of our way over the next year or so to try and get some bonus tracks put together and get the thing up on digital, 'cause it's about time it was."
In 2001, CYBERNAUTS released a two-CD set consisting of the live album plus the EP "The Further Adventures Of The Cybernauts", which contained studio recordings, via the U.K.'s Arachnophobia Records.
"If people are wondering why me and Phil are doing this, they should check out the original versions of these songs and see why we are who we are," Elliott said shortly before the CYBERNAUTS album's original release.
"There is so much good material on the original albums, you might understand why we are always going on about them.
"Mick Ronson was such a good guitar player, he is possibly the only guitarist that Phil would willingly copy, almost like a kid in his bedroom miming with the old tennis racquet!
"It's fair to say that my own musical career went in a totally different direction to the music of David Bowie and the SPIDERS FROM MARS, but that doesn't mean that I don't hold it dear to my heart.
"If I was going to be marooned on a desert island and was allowed to take ten CDs with me, Bowie would be a big part of it, and mostly all the stuff we're doing with the CYBERNAUTS right now."